The event, which has almost become an annual fixture for the industry, saw the who’s-who in Australian medtech rubbing shoulders with policy-makers, staffers, senators and members.
The evening was kicked off by MTAA board chairman, Gavin Fox-Smith, who welcomed more than 100 attendees to the private dining room. Throughout the evening Fox-Smith invited a number of patients and surgeons to the stage to share their amazing stories of how medical technology changed, and in some instances, saved their lives.
One of those asked to speak was Dianne Sloan, whose husband, Brian, suffered a devastating ischaemic stroke in April of this year. Brian’s surgeon said the stroke would normally have either killed him or left him in a vegetative state. But thanks to the Trevo thrombectomy performed by the surgeon, Brian was able to make an excellent recovery, leaving hospital shortly after, and returning to a fulfilling life with his wife and grandchildren.
Lining the walls of the parliamentary private dining room were the various MTAA member companies’ displays, which showed off the very latest advancements in medical technology. PulseLine spotted Stryker’s Maurice Ben-Mayor giving a hands-on demonstration Stryker’s assisted surgery tool aka ‘Mako’ to Labor’s Shadow Minister Jason Clare.
After a busy Parliamentary sitting day, Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen dropped by, and was seen chatting with the MTAA’s Ian Burgess and former NSW Deputy Premier John Watkins. Bowen was later joined by Shadow Communications Minister Michelle Rowland, and newly sworn-in Senator and former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally.
A big hit with MPs and Senator’s was Alcon’s Ophthalmology Surgery Virtual Reality Technology. PulseLine snapped photos of the Member for Bennelong John Alexander and Member for Makin Tony Zappia being guided through the experience by Robyn Chu and her team, as the Member for North Sydney Trent Zimmerman watched on.
The event was topped off with addresses from both Minister for Health Greg Hunt, and Shadow Minister for Health Catherine King.
It’s safe to say that this is definitely an event to put in your calendar for next year.